Kimi Raikkonen is the first to admit that his Saturday afternoon performances this season have not been his best, but he is determined to set that record straight in the most crucial qualifying session of the year.

Despite arriving at Ferrari hailed as the team's new number one, the Finn has been out-scored 3-1 by team-mate Felipe Massa in qualifying and, having taken pole and the win in Australia, now trails the Brazilian both in terms of victories and points. Monaco, however, ranks highly with Raikkonen and, having tasted victory there two seasons ago, he has set his mind on similar success - from pole - this time around.

"This is a very special place for me and I will never forget my success in 2005," he admitted, "The race, I think, was one of my most beautiful ones. This year will be the seventh time I am going to race there, but the first with Ferrari. It would be wonderful to win with a red car - but it would be much easier if I could start from the front row. Until now, qualifying has not worked out as I wanted it to, but we have done a lot of work to improve the situation. It is fundamental to have a good lap and I will give it my all."

Raikkonen tested with Ferrari at Paul Ricard last week and, as was the case after the recent Barcelona test, reckons that he has learned more about the F2007.

"Every time I get into the car, my knowledge of the tyres improves," he revealed, "They are really different to the ones I used during the last year and, as far I as understand by reading the papers, Fernando [Alonso] is in a similar situation.

"The test sessions in France went really well, and now I feel even happier with the F2007. Obviously, we don't know what our competitors have done, so we will see things a bit clearer in Thursday's free practice sessions."

Retirement in the Spanish Grand Prix has dropped Raikkonen to fourth in the championship standings, but he claims that the top four are so evenly matched that he just has to keep focused on his goal.

"There are four drivers competing for the top spot in the championship, but there's no particular driver I am concentrated on," he insisted, "I will go to every race with the same attitude - trying to give my best and collecting as many points as possible. I love challenges - the more challenging they are, the more I'm attracted. I really can't wait for Monaco."

 

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